Peter Jorgensen is a Vancouver based actor, singer, director, writer, choreographer, instructor and general musical theatre aficionado.
After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, Peter went on to perform in various off-Broadway productions such as That’s Life, Magic to Do: the Songs of Stephen Schwartz, the world premiere of Number the Stars, and the title role in Young Moses.
Since returning to Vancouver he has appeared in the Arts Club Theatre productions of Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Blonde, Dial M…for Murder, Dames at Sea, Forever Plaid, and She Loves Me (for which he received a Jessie Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor). At The Richmond Gateway Theatre he has appeared in Guys and Dolls, Leading Ladies, Lend Me a Tenor, Dads: the Musical, and Forever Plaid (Jessie Award: Outstanding Ensemble Performance).
He has also appeared as the title role in Don Juan with Blackbird Theatre at Bard on the Beach in Cymbeline; at The Vancouver Playhouse in No Great Mischief; and with Carousel Theatre he starred as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Jessie Nomination: Outstanding Performance). He appeared as Josh Baskin in big: the musical for Theatre Under the Stars and for Royal City Musical Theatre he appeared as Harold Hill in the The Music Man and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. Other favourite shows include Lies and Legends: the Musical Stories of Harry Chapin (Belfry Theatre), Godspell, (Uncle Randy Productions), and My Fair Lady in which he starred as Henry Higgins for Western Canada Theatre.
As a writer he has collaborated on the book and lyrics for the new musical Abracadabra, written and produced his own one-man cabaret To Broadway and Back (Jessie Nomination: Outstanding Original Script), wrote a new adaptation of Offenbach's Orphee aux Enfers entitled Offenbach's ORPHEUS: Gone to Hell! and has written original songs for various other theatrical productions.
Recent directing/choreography credits include a record setting run of Avenue Q for the Arts Club Theatre Company, Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, and Fiddler on the Roof (Chemainus Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone Theatre), The Emperor of Atlantis (City Opera), Some Enchanted Evening for the Kay Meek Centre, and Love in Public (SFU). Other favourite directing credits include You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown for Blockhead Productions, Bye, Bye Birdie (Ovation Award: Outstanding Direction of a Musical and CTC Award: Best Choreogrpaher) for Footlight Theatre, The Baker’s Wife for Applause! Musicals in Concert (attended by composer, Stephen Schwartz), as well as Vocal Direction and Choreography for Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill for the Tin Can Collective.
Currently Peter is an Artistic Producer with Patrick Street Productions - a theatre company he founded with his wife, Katey Wright. Their inaugural productions of Into the Woods was a critically acclaimed hit that earned him a Jessie Award nomination for direction. Their next production, The Full Monty, was a smash hit that was picked up by Persephone Theatre for a remount in the spring of 2010, followed with the cult hit Bat Boy: the Musical. Their most recent production, The Light in the Piazza, won a host of awards including the 2011 Ovation Award for Outstanding Professional Musical and the 2012 Jessie award for Outstanding Production (Large Theatre) before going on to a successful remount, again at Persephone Theatre.
Upcoming Peter will be directing his own adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life for the Chemainus Theatre Festival, Grease for Studio 58, Rodgers & Hammerstein: Out of a Dream and Floyd Collins for Patrick Street Productions and then returning to Chemainus to direct Les Miserables.
Off-stage, Peter is a private voice instructor, Program Director of The Arts Club Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, and a member of Theatre Cares Vancouver. He shares his life with his wife, actress Katey Wright, son Lukas, and crazy dogs Tug and Lady in New Westminster.
Last updated October 21, 2013